March: National Bed Month - Dunelm, the UK's Number One Homewares Retailer, Investigates the World of Sleep in Honour of National Bed Month

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Insomnia or disturbed sleeping patterns have become a recurring theme for many people’s bedtimes. Dunelm investigates the main culprits that lead to a poor night’s sleep and recommends some much needed solutions to get that perfect night’s rest.

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A common problem that reduces a person’s ability to sleep is artificial light flooding into the bedroom

Popular reasons for disturbed sleeping patterns:

Artificial light flooding the bedroom

A common problem that reduces a person’s ability to sleep is artificial light flooding into the bedroom, thereby disturbing the dark and calming bedtime atmosphere. This is especially a problem for people that live in cities or built up areas where street lights may be prevalent.

Stress

Stress is often cited as one of the most common reasons people struggle to sleep when it comes to bedtime. Whether it’s money worries, job concerns or just the day to day pressures of life; stress is a sure fire way to ensure a restless night’s sleep.

Uncomfortable beds

The quality and comfort of the bed is also a universal complaint when it comes to sleepless nights. Perhaps your bed is more of a ‘vintage’ piece and has seen better days, or you live in rented and fully furnished accommodation, the quality of the mattress can make all the difference to the level of comfort felt during sleep.

Mobile phones and social media sites

Many people opt to surf the internet or visit popular social media sites just before bed. However, the light emitted from these mobile or tablet devices can actually hinder your chances of drifting off to sleep. The exposure to bright light is believed to interfere with the body’s natural sleep hormones which can consequently lead to insomnia.

How to increase the quality of sleep:

Set a regular bedtime

The people that tend to suffer from insomnia are those that have an unusual sleep pattern. The body craves regularity and so setting a regular and recurring bedtime will help the body to relax at the same time each evening. This should lead to the body benefiting fully from the recommended 8 hours sleep a night.

Invest in some blackout curtains or blinds

A good night’s rest will often depend on the relaxing atmosphere of the bedroom. Consequently, investing in a high quality blackout curtain or blind will help to cloak the room in darkness, allowing your mind to relax and drift off into a deep sleep. Dunelm offers a fabulous range of blackout window dressings available in a range of styles and sizes. Blackout curtains or blinds can also help to regulate the temperature of a room whilst also keeping outside noise levels to a minimum.

Regular exercise

It seems like an obvious solution but the more tired your body feels the higher the chance of getting a great night’s sleep. Regular exercise will not only tire your body but it is also considered to be a great way of alleviating stress, a common cause of insomnia.

Read a book before bed

It is important to take time to relax and unwind before heading off to bed and a popular way to do this is through reading a book. This will not only help to tire your eyes but also act as a way to forget any stressful elements of your day before drifting off into a wonderful world of slumber.

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